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In today’s world, where we are suffering this pandemic of COVID -19, what we can think about is only the way from which we can get out of this situation! Opportunely, the solution of this is only through Biotechnology. Yes, you’ve heard it right as what we are talking about is the vaccine or some kind of medicine & we get it only with the help of biotechnologists and from the knowledge of biotechnology.

As the above scenario described the current situation, biotechnology is a high-in demand career especially nowadays. Biotechnology is an interdisciplinary field that combines mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, data sciences & others, it actually merges technology to invent a new product or rectify the existing services or products.

The candidate should be well-organized in manner and calm, composed by nature, must know laboratory work thoroughly, and at least have its basic knowledge. Independent working nature can also be considered as a should have characteristic. Must have the knowledge of operating computers. 

Job Prospects

One with Biotechnology degree can have options in various sector like 

  • Dairy industry 
  • Food processing Industry 
  • Chemical & textile industry 
  • Public funded laboratories 
  • Drug & Pharmaceutical research 
  • Environmental control 
  • Waste management 
  • Energy control & management 
  • Agriculture & Horticulture industries 
  • Healthcare sector 

Both private and government sectors offer job opportunities to a biotechnology degree holder at every level – graduation, post-graduation or at PhD. Department of Biotechnology (DBT) act as a back-support for biotechnologists as it funded various institutes to provide courses program of biotechnology & other related program with it, the main aim to prepare long term biotechnologists and scientists to make our research industry stronger and to introduce advance research methodologies & to make individuals prepared as a working professional.

Salary packages

The Government of India provides employment on a very large scale to most  biotechnologists in their research & commercial laboratories to support the students who take biotechnology as a career. Those who have employed in the government sector at any  post in laboratories or institutes have been provided salary packages with other perks/allowances.

Private sector, which broadly includes pharmaceutical companies, offers a very handsome salary package to freshers, one with a postgraduate degree can relatively earn more than one with a graduate degree. An experienced and skilled biotechnologist can get salaries far beyond his expectations. 

Institutes or companies hiring biotechnologists

Drug companies in biotechnology like Ranbaxy, Hindustan Lever and Dr. Reddy’s Labs, Dabur have their R & D units and offer trained biotechnology professionals with handsome salary packages.

Some industries also employ bio-technologists as marketing and sales executives which help them in developing their business with subject knowledge and expertise in marketing.

Some biotechnology giants that are hiring biotechnologists include Hindustan Lever, Thapar Group, Indo American Hybrid Seeds, Biocon India Ltd., IDPL and Hindustan Antibiotics. Economical and astute R&D partnering with Chinese and American corporate bodies has broad scope in mining young India’s biotech potential and also helpful in developing technologies parallelly.

India has a global market worth $91 billion & in near future it will be going to be more than this. This is the reason why so many biotech companies from various  specialties are flocking to India for their own R&D initiatives. Thus the R & D department holds  numerous opportunities with quite good salary which ensures one a stable future.

Author – Pooja Verma

College: Dr. B. Lal Institute of Biotechnology

Course: M.Sc. Microbiology Semester I